Usher spring in with a simple wool penny rug.
What You Need:
- 14 x 16-inch rectangle (fat quarter) of cream felted wool for applique foundation and penny shapes
- 12-inch square of tan felted wool for rabbit and penny shapes
- Scraps of pink, purple, green, light blue, blue, and yellow felted wool
- Freezer paper
- Chenille needle: size 24
- Embroidery floss in colors that match the wool
Finished penny rug: 10 x 8- inches
1. Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).
Cut the Fabrics:
2. To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows.
3. To felt wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry and steam-press.
4. To use freezer paper for cutting the appliqué shapes, complete the following steps.
5. Position the freezer paper shiny side down over the patterns. With a pencil, trace the patterns the number of times indicated in the list that follows. Cut out the freezer-paper shapes roughly 1/4-inch outside of the traced lines.
6. Press the freezer-paper shapes onto the front of the designated fabrics. Let the fabrics cool. Cut out the fabric shapes on the solid lines. Peel off the paper backings.
7. From cream wool, cut: 2 of Pattern A, 18 of Pattern E.
8. From tan wool, cut: 1 of Pattern B, 18 of Pattern E.
9. From assorted pink, purple, green, light blue, blue, and yellow wool, cut: 18 of Pattern F.
10. From purple wool, cut: 1 of Pattern C.
11. From yellow wool, cut: 1 of Pattern D.
1. Position the tan B bunny, the purple C circle, and the yellow D circle onto a cream A oval; baste in place.
2. Using the chenille needle and one strand of tan embroidery floss, whipstitch around the bunny shape.
3. Using two strands of yellow embroidery floss, make a French knot in the flower center, stitching through all the layers. With two strands of pink floss, make a French knot for the bunny's eye. To make a French knot, pull your needle through at A (see diagram right). Wrap the floss around the needle two or three times. Insert the tip of the needle into the fabric at B, 1/16-inch away from A. Gently push the wraps down the needle to meet the fabric. Pull the needle and trailing floss through the fabric slowly and smoothly.
4. Using five strands of tan embroidery floss, make a single running stitch at the tip of the bunny's nose; stitch through all the layers and begin and end the stitch on the quilt top, leaving 3-inch tails. Tie the tails in a square knot on the surface of the cream oval. Trim the thread tails to 3/16-inch to form whiskers.
5. Using two strands of green embroidery floss, make a flower stem, leaves, and grass with straight stitches.
6. Use three strands of matching embroidery floss to straight-stitch an assorted-color F circle centered on a cream or tan E circle to make an appliqued penny. Repeat with the remaining F circles to make a total of nine cream appliquéd pennies and nine tan appliqued pennies.
7. Using three strands of tan floss, blanket-stitch each appliqued penny to a matching-color E circle and blanket-stitch the remaining cream A oval to the back of the appliquéd cream A oval. To blanket-stitch, pull your needle up at A (see diagram right), form a reverse L shape with the floss, and hold the angle of the L shape in place with your thumb. Push your needle down at B and come up at C to secure the stitch. Continue in the same manner.
8. Using one strand of tan embroidery floss, slip-stitch the pennies to the outer edge of the appliqued oval and to one another to complete the rug.
9. Using a 6-inch-length of embroidery floss, make a bow. Tack it in place at the bunny's neck.